Method-related Charges and Pricing and Measurement of Civil Engineering Work
The valuation of variations and agreement to the cost of delays have generally been the main causes of dispute on civil engineering contracts. Contractors frequently claim that the measured quantities of permanent work priced at billed rates do not represent the true value of constructional work where significant variations have occurred. Engineers, on the other hand, generally believe that the priced bill of quantities represents a shopping list of items, and on completion of construction the work can be remeasured and valued at the billed rates. That the latter is unsatisfactory is evidenced by the large claims settlements agreed on many projects, where variations and unforeseen physical conditions or artificial obstructions occur.
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